Sunday, March 07, 2010

Microchip and Sterilize Your Kitty

Did you know that only 2 to 3 percent of lost cats are reunited with their owners? That is a very sad statistic. That also means 97 to 98 percent of lost or missing cats never make it back home. Can you imagine the fear and confusion a cat faces when he is suddenly "lost"? This is especially true for cats that have happily lived their lives indoors and are unfamiliar with the outdoor world. That is why micro chipping is a great way for lost or runaway cats to be reunited with their owners.

You NEVER know when a cat will slip out through an open door or push the screen out of a window, so please make sure that your cat has a microchip. Even if your cat is an indoor-only cat, all it takes is one unknowing guest who innocently opens a door or a curious kitty to find his way outside.

This is also why it is important to ensure your cat is spayed or neutered. Again, even if your kitty lives indoors, the chance exists that he could escape and if unsterilized, he could add to the cat overpopulation problem. Unwanted litters keep animal shelter euthanasia rates HIGH and CREATE feral colonies. Sterilization is the key to prevent cat homelessness.

Plus, sterilization keeps your cat healthier! Spaying reduces the risk of uterine, ovarian and mammary cancer in females, whereas neutering reduces the risk of testicular tumors and prostate problems in males. Unneutered males are at risk of venturing miles from home in search of mates, getting into fights with other males and potentially spreading disease (FIV is mostly transmitted via deep bite wounds and puncture wounds from fighting males). Spaying and neutering your cat, even if he or she lives a strictly indoor life, will help your cat to live a longer, healthier life and cost you less money in the long run.

So, for your sake, your cat’s sake and for the sake of all cats sitting in shelters, please microchip and sterilize your kitty! It is a win-win situation for all.

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